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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jul 1, 2020

Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty says the suspect in a tractor-trailer chase that spanned multiple counties last month likely wasn't planning anything that specific night, and the incident was triggered by a traffic stop that night.

However, items recovered during the investigation that followed the chase leads him to believe the suspect had been planning something bigger.

A search of Joshua Blessed's personal vehicle and a residence in Virginia turned up 14 improvised explosive devices, two AK-47s - one with a thermal scope - a sniper rifle, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and more than $48,000 in cash.

Read more: WHAM - ABC 13

Facebook on Tuesday removed hundreds of accounts and groups associated with a violent network of the far-right “boogaloo” movement whose followers have been linked to violence that disrupted mostly peaceful protests around the United States.

Facebook said it was designating the faction of the boogaloo movement that advocates violence as a “dangerous organization” and had taken down 220 accounts, 28 pages, 106 groups and 95 accounts on Facebook-owned Instagram that were associated with it. The social media platform said it also had removed 400 more Facebook accounts and more than 100 additional groups that supported or praised the violent network.

Facebook’s move against the boogaloo movement came after federal prosecutors charged several adherents of the movement with crimes across the United States, including the murder of a security officer at a federal courthouse in Oakland, Calif., and a plot to use explosives at a demonstration in Las Vegas protesting the police killing of George Floyd.

Read more: Washington Post

Terrorists’ ultimate goal is to undermine our societies and our democratic political systems. Europol’s latest annual EU Terrorism Situation and Trend report (TE-SAT), pulls together facts and figures on terrorist attacks and arrests in the European Union (EU) in 2019, including:

A total of 119 foiled, failed and completed terrorist attacks were reported by a total of 13 EU Member States; 1,004 individuals were arrested on suspicion of terrorism-related offenses in 19 EU Member States, with Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and the U.K. reporting the highest numbers;Ten people died because of terrorist attacks in the EU and 27 people were injured.

Nearly all of the deaths and 26 injuries were the result of jihadist attacks. However, the number of jihadist attacks continued to see a decrease while right-wing attacks and, in particular, left-wing attacks saw an increase during 2019.

Read more: Homeland Security Today

A federal judge has ruled that a man once convicted of terrorism-related crimes must be released, and the government's case to jail him indefinitely has been constructed on slipshod evidence and informants' lies.

On Monday, Rochester-based U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Wolford ruled that Adham Amin Hassoun, who was being detained indefinitely under a Patriot Act regulation, must be released with strict conditions. She ordered his release by noon Thursday, giving government lawyers until that time to file an emergency appeal if they so choose.

Hassoun, 58, is being held at a federal immigration detention center in Batavia, awaiting deportation. Immigration officials have not found a country to deport him to.

Read more: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

A car bombing and mortar shells fired at a busy market in Afghanistan have killed 23 people, including children, officials say.

Both the Taliban and the Afghan military blamed each other for the attack in Sangin district of Helmand province, in the country's south.

The area is under Taliban control, meaning it is remote and inaccessible to reporters and that details of the reported attack could not be independently confirmed.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack and a statement announcing the news from the office of the governor, Gen Mohammad Yasin, did not provide further details.

Read more: Sky News